As I was biking across 18th St this morning, I saw a fire engine pulling out, then heard the siren moments later. I remembered that very soon, the public safety building at 18th and Mary will no longer house the police department. This has caused some worry, but unlike the fire department (which is staying put) a good police station is one which is empty: you want your officers to be patrolling, not waiting around for calls.
At the same time, just 2 blocks away, UPMC South Side still faces closing and relocation of services to Mercy Hospital, across the river and about 3/4 mile closer to the Point. An emergency room is never somewhere you want to spend time, but for myself and others I have spent a bit of quality time there in the last 18 months. The idea of needing to visit the Bluff at 1am instead of place within walking distance of home fails to appeal.
Just in the last few minutes, I heard that DHL USA is exiting the domestic package business. Given that they plan to pare 3/4 of their stations, one can only assume the airport location will survive, and the location in the South Side's M. Berger Industrial Park will not.
Change isn't necessarily something to fear; The fabric of the community, though, will change in response to the changes within. One can only try to make sure the change is ultimately for the better.